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149

Bill Viola

Ablutions

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

148

149

Bill Viola

Bill Viola

Ablutions

Ablutions

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

144,900

USD

Bill Viola

b. 1951

Ablutions


color video diptych on two plasma displays 

overall: 40 by 48 by 4 1/4 in. 101.6 by 121.9 by 10.8 cm.

Executed in 2005, this work is number 4 from an edition of 7, plus 1 artist's proof. 


This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and dated 20 Sept 2006. 

This work is in excellent condition overall. The video and electronic equipment is in good working order. There is evidence of minor wear and handling along the edges of the monitor screens. Please note the work was upgraded in 2016 to play via memory cards on Brightsign media players. The work is also accompanied by the original DVD media player and the original artist's box, including a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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James Cohan Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006
New York, James Cohen, Bill Viola, November - December 2005 (another example exhibited)
Bern, Kunstmuseum Bern and Cathedral of Bern, Bill Viola: Passions, April - July 2014 (another example exhibited)
Uppsala, Uppsala Cathedral, Bill Viola, Visitation Reformation, September - November 2017 (another example exhibited)
Philadelphia, Barnes Foundation, I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola, June - September 2019 (another example exhibited)